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Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

By Mr. Smarty Pants, October 13, 2006, Columns

6-foot-5-inch Tim Robbins is the tallest actor ever to have won an Oscar. The tallest actor ever nominated was 6-foot-7-inch James Cromwell.

Otto Rank held that the trauma of being born was the root of neurotic anxiety.

The April 10, 1977, episode of Don Kirschner's Rock Concert featured the Sex Pistols, Kansas, the Sylvers, Dwight Twilley, and others. The episode never aired; it would have been the video debut in America of the Sex Pistols, who were taped at the Longhorn Ballroom in Dallas.

Excess testosterone can kill brain cells. A Yale School of Medicine study shows that it causes mass cell death akin to Alzheimer's. Bonus finding: Estrogen, the female hormone, appears to reduce cell death.

The earliest reference to British royalty being tattooed was King Harold II (1022 – 1066). The words "Edith" and "England" were tattooed on his chest.

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